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    Pollard's Hire of Hoiberg

    I'll admit it... i was like "wtf?" when Hoiberg was announced as GMac's replacement. I suppose deep down inside I was hoping they'd give LE another chance or maybe hire Gillespe (sp?). Hoiberg caught me completely by surprise and I wasn't too keen on the choice.

    Looking at things as they sit now I couldn't imagine a better choice. Kudos to Pollard... he's got some stones for sure. In retrospect, his choice of Freddie looks brilliant.

    For me personally i don't think i've been THIS pumped up about I-State baskeball in YEARS. His recruiting prowess is nothing short of amazing. Sure, we haven't seen any of these guys in action yet, but by all accounts they don't suck. We're past that cycle of HOPING one incoming player would fix all that ails us (Staiger, Phillips, etc.). We are no longer praying that (insert the new recruits name) will come in and turn us into a winner.

    Look at it this way... We are recruiting highly regarded players and not NEEDING them to save us the moment they step on campus. Gibson, Niang, Sledge, et al aren't going to be expected to come in and be "the man". They'll all have time in the system before we need them to be go to guys. That's a huge difference.

    Anyway... Freddie went .500 with a rag tag group of guys and lost 9 games by 6 points or less. That doesn't even include the Okie State game we were up 6 with like 1:30 to go and managed to lose anyway. We were a WHISKER away from post season play LAST year. We weren't your usual 3-13 Big 12 team. Get Freddie some players and look out. Weeeelllll, Freddie seems to be getting the players....

    We are going to be good sooner than later. It feels awesome

    Did anybody else have trepidations about Hoiberg at first? I'm kind of curious...



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    Re: Pollard's Hire of Hoiberg

    I was like, "Wtf?" Then I went to Fred's press conference. The phrase, "he won the press conference," has never been more true for me. He's calm, collected, and you can tell he is in control. People who are calm, collected, and in control. WIN.... period.



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    Re: Pollard's Hire of Hoiberg

    Most here seemed to not like it, I was one of the few who thought it was a great move.



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    Re: Pollard's Hire of Hoiberg

    The thing that I like best about Fred as a coach is that he's SMART. First off, he knows that he doesn't know everything and has hired coaches to address that. Second, and more important, he realizes that momentum is supremely important for new hires. ISU was not going to fire him anytime soon, but if he didn't start winning some games in the first few years, negative recruiting would be an almost impossible mountain to climb. That's why getting those transfers was so important. It will make ISU competitive earlier on than signing FR. And it gives FH leeway to recruit the players of the future while not having to worry so much about the present.



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    Re: Pollard's Hire of Hoiberg

    Quote Originally Posted by Haverhill View Post
    I was like, "Wtf?" Then I went to Fred's press conference. The phrase, "he won the press conference," has never been more true for me. He's calm, collected, and you can tell he is in control. People who are calm, collected, and in control. WIN.... period.
    Don't let KSU fans hear that



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    Re: Pollard's Hire of Hoiberg

    Epic Win. Love Fred, i'm a football first guy too, but WOW I am excited for college basketball and it's freakin' May!


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    Re: Pollard's Hire of Hoiberg

    Quote Originally Posted by Haverhill View Post
    I was like, "Wtf?" Then I went to Fred's press conference. The phrase, "he won the press conference," has never been more true for me. He's calm, collected, and you can tell he is in control. People who are calm, collected, and in control. WIN.... period.
    I had about the same reaction until i saw the press conference and the interviews with the players. I think he sold a lot of people that day.

    We'll see though. He's doing a solid job getting talent in here, now he'll have the test: Can he do something with it? Obviously, hope is high due to what he did with so little this year. Im trying to temper it a bit (probably because of past disappointment the last 10 years) but its hard not to be a bit excited for bball season to get here.


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    Re: Pollard's Hire of Hoiberg

    Quote Originally Posted by RustShack View Post
    Most here seemed to not like it, I was one of the few who thought it was a great move.
    What? How many Cyclone Fanatics were not excited about Fred? This is a stupid thread. Fred = Win. 12 months ago, 6 months ago, 3 months ago, today.



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    Re: Pollard's Hire of Hoiberg

    Quote Originally Posted by SeattleClone View Post
    What? How many Cyclone Fanatics were not excited about Fred?
    A lot of people. You gotta remember Fred graduated 15 years ago and you have to go back farther to find those that actually remembered him playing. It is extremely unconventional to hire a guy with zero coaching experience, even if he is a former star, so you cant exactly blame those who were like 'wtf'.



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    Re: Pollard's Hire of Hoiberg

    Quote Originally Posted by Frak View Post
    The thing that I like best about Fred as a coach is that he's SMART. First off, he knows that he doesn't know everything and has hired coaches to address that. Second, and more important, he realizes that momentum is supremely important for new hires. ISU was not going to fire him anytime soon, but if he didn't start winning some games in the first few years, negative recruiting would be an almost impossible mountain to climb. That's why getting those transfers was so important. It will make ISU competitive earlier on than signing FR. And it gives FH leeway to recruit the players of the future while not having to worry so much about the present.
    I've heard it said a million times how Fred needed to gain momentum and win some games in the "first few years". I agree with you 100%. Doesn't every coach want this?

    I love it when Hawk guy says Fran is "going a different route" and building with high school talent while Hoiberg is looking for a "quick fix".

    The fact of the matter is that EVERY coach wants to win games in the first few years and gain momentum. If Fran could assemble the talent Fred has he WOULD. It cracks me up that they somehow think that Fran "passed" on guys like our transfers because he'd "rather do it with four year guys".

    Some of Fred's best recruiting has been getting our transfers. I find it funny that my Hawk friends seem to think that Fran could have gathered a team like ours if he had only wanted to... but he didn't... he'd rather have high school guys.

    Anyway... I just find that line of thinking amusing. It's as if any coach in America could do what Fred has been doing if they only wanted to. WRONG - Fred is a great salesman and I think EVERY coach would do what Hoiberg is doing if they COULD do it.


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    Re: Pollard's Hire of Hoiberg

    Quote Originally Posted by Yellow Snow View Post
    The fact of the matter is that EVERY coach wants to win games in the first few years and gain momentum. .
    Yep. Every game you lose during those years that you're building is more time for people to be questioning whether you can get it done... making it even harder to do that building. Youve gotta show something right away, especially if youre in a position like Hoiberg where he had no coaching credentials.



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    Re: Pollard's Hire of Hoiberg

    Quote Originally Posted by alarson View Post
    A lot of people. You gotta remember Fred graduated 15 years ago and you have to go back farther to find those that actually remembered him playing. It is extremely unconventional to hire a guy with zero coaching experience, even if he is a former star, so you cant exactly blame those who were like 'wtf'.
    I was in school with Fred. Great player, just a "wtf" kinda coaching hire.

    It's all good now, but I wasn't sold until I actually saw him do his thing.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Clonehomer View Post
    Don't let KSU fans hear that
    Their fans love me already...



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    Re: Pollard's Hire of Hoiberg

    I was sold on him once he kept TJ around. The only thing left for him to do is win some basketball games.



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    Re: Pollard's Hire of Hoiberg

    I 100% thought it was a safe hire to keep Pollards *** off the hot seat because nobody would be ****** about hiring a former star like that.

    Turns out FH is a very good coach and a natural at the job. I couldn't be much happier with how things have gone so far.



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